By Joseph Hayes
It could have began a lot of different ways.
But the Detroit Tigers start to the shortened season is already off to a questionable start.
The hope was the team would get off to a fast start and with a shortened season, that would lead to possibly surprising success this year.
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That already seems a little too good to be true.
Miguel Cabrera’s hot hitting from the first spring training earlier this year appears to have disappeared. With it has reemerged a Cabrera with timing inconsistent from before.
We have seen two different Cabrera’s already. One with inconsistent timing, striking out late on pitches he never would have before. And another who is still crushing pitches to give the Tigers a come from behind lead.
The Tigers best pitcher Matt Boyd got off to a slow start out of the gates in the opener and now the team has to quickly find a groove if it is going to somehow find itself in the first 10 games.
If it doesn’t, that’s the sad thing about this season: a slow start will simply be a reminder of the long rebuilding process the Tigers are currently in.
One in which the team will have to gather some developments through a shortened season while hopefully also delighting fans along the way.
Two games in, we have seen the inconsistencies that maybe we should expect all season long.